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Shadrach (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 September 1998 (USA)
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In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
John Franklin Sawyer ...
Ginnie Randall ...
Middle Mole
Alice Rogers ...
Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat ...
Little Mole
Doug Chancey ...
Dock Worker


In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il Profumo di un Giorno d'estate  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,669 (USA) (25 September 1998)


$20,167 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Harvey Keitel and Martin Sheen learned their accents for this film from James L.W. West, while Andie MacDowell, who is a native Southerner, developed her own accent. Keitel spent most of a day talking with West and taping his speech. Sheen later listened to these tapes. See more »


The film is set in 1935. When Paul walks into the house past his father and up the stairs (at the beginning of the film), a smoke detector is visible on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs. See more »


[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Paul: Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Mrs. Whitehurst: Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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Farther Along
Written by J.R. Baxter (uncredited) and John Starling (uncredited)
Performed by Mississippi John Hurt
Courtesy Vanguard Records
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Good ... but far from great
28 September 1999 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

The acting in this film is first rate. Keitel and McDowell are both superb, as are most of the supporting performers. Unfortunately, the rest of the film doesn't quite live up to their talent. The plot is too small, too contrived, and the actions by Keitel are in contradiction to his characterization. Although it has its moments and is a gentle little film that can help you pass a couple of hours, it won't stick with you and it's not nearly as heart-warming or touching as the blurb on the box would lead you to believe! More likely, as it ends you'll shrug and say, "Oh well, that was okay."

Of course, I kept thinking about how typically American the film was. Only in this country would a coarse, poverty stricken, beer-guzzlin' mountain woman be played by the gorgeous Andie McDowell!

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